“This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal.”
- Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther costars have been paying tribute to the actor on social media.
- Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Sterling K. Brown all shared moving messages about the star. Bassett called Boseman “a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother.”
- Boseman passed away age 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Following the sad news that Chadwick Boseman has died at age 43, his Black Panther costars have taken to social media to pay tribute to the inimitable performer.
After his 2016 diagnosis with cancer, Boseman continued to work on a number of movies, and inspired people worldwide in the role of King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His Black Panther costars celebrated the actor’s life, his tremendous spirit and work ethic, and his precious friendship.
Angela Bassett shared two Instagram posts following the news that Boseman had passed away. After sharing a beautiful montage of them together, Bassett wrote, “It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther.”
“During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day,” Bassett continued. “And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother… ‘thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…’ All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.”
Forest Whitaker paid tribute to Boseman on Twitter. “Your light brightened our days,” he wrote. “It will continue to brighten our hearts and minds. Let the heavens be blessed as you illuminate the sky. Sending my love and prayers to the family. May god continue to hold you in his everlasting embrace. RIP Chadwick.”
Sterling K. Brown, who costarred with Boseman in Black Panther and Marshall, wrote, “I don’t have words. Rest In Peace, Bruh. Thank you for all you did while you were here. Thank you for being a friend. You are loved. You will be missed.”